2 charged in credit union rob­beries

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

Two Cleve­land men face fed­eral charges in the at­tempted rob­bery of a Wil­loughby credit union with a semi­au­to­matic ri­fle last month, and the FBI said the men likely will be charged with rob­bing other credit unions.

Arvis Wil­liams Jr., 22, and Melvin Hill IV, 21, are charged with rob­bery and bran­dish­ing a weapon during a crime of vi­o­lence. Both men, along with a 16-year-old, have been in cus­tody since last month, held on state charges.

Wil­liams and the 16-yearold fled the WES Credit Union after see­ing an off-duty uni­formed of­fi­cer, the FBI says. They had planned to rob the credit union with a semi­au­to­matic Smith & Wes­son MP-15 ri­fle and dropped the ri­fle be­fore tak­ing off.

Wil­liams and the 16-yearold were caught in a back­yard. Hill, ac­cused of be­ing the get­away driver, was found when an of­fi­cer saw him walk­ing away from a car reg­is­tered to Wil­liams, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint filed against Wil­liams and Hill.

Law en­force­ment in­ter­viewed all three. Wil­liams and the 16-year-old ad­mit­ted to a plan to rob the credit union, the com­plaint states, while Hill de­nied any knowl­edge of the rob­bery plot.

The FBI says Wil­liams and Hill are sus­pects in other credit union rob­beries.

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